SIGN ON TODAY: Our Open Letter to DCF Commissioner Olga Roche

DCF Colleagues,

It’s no secret that front-line workers at the Department of Children & Families have faced unprecedented challenges in recent weeks. From ever-increasing caseloads to disjointed and inconsistent directives, the critical work we do has grown more difficult with each passing day.

While initial steps have been taken to address issues related to staffing shortfalls and technology deficiencies, it has become clear to those of us on the front lines that change has not come quickly enough. Even worse, many of the systemic problems that we have collectively raised for months — or years, in some cases — continue to go unaddressed.

Commissioner Roche and her management team need to understand just how severe these challenges have become — and they need to hear it directly from us, the front-line workers who are charged with protecting the safety of at-risk children.

That’s why we’re circulating this formal sign-on letter. With your help, we’ll be able to put in writing the concerns front-line workers have expressed across the Commonwealth — in a format that can’t be ignored.

There are three ways to sign on to the letter to Commissioner Roche:

  1. Download a paper copy, print and sign the third page along with your co-workers.
  2. Catch up with a Union Steward in your office. Stewards are circulating paper copies of the letter this week for signature.

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